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Cirrhitichthys falco  Randall, 1963

Dwarf hawkfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cirrhitidae (Hawkfishes)
Etymology: Cirrhitichthys: Latin, cirrus = curl fringe + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Randall.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 4 - 46 m (Ref. 9710), usually 10 - 20 m (Ref. 27115).   Tropical; 24°C - 28°C (Ref. 27115); 30°N - 24°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2334)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 6. Numerous short filaments at the tip of each dorsal spine. Thickened and elongate lower pectoral rays.

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Indo-Pacific: Maldives (Ref. 2334) to Samoa, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Shallow coastal to outer reef flats and slopes to 45 m depth (Ref. 48636). Common inhabitant of coral reefs, typically resting at the bases of coral heads (Ref. 9710). Studies indicate that it is haremic and spawns nightly (Ref. 37816). Occasionally in pairs (Ref. 48636). Sometimes solitary (Ref 90102).

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Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 506 p. (Ref. 2334)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01738 (0.00818 - 0.03692), b=3.00 (2.80 - 3.20), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.0   ±0.65 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.